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Your Most Recent "Life" Bird (2 Viewers)

Maryarena

Active member
Puerto Rico
Wow; eBird stats for show three Blue Grosbeak sightings for Ecuador, the very southern edge of its range. In early July I looked at the stats of the Pearly-breasted Cuckoo (only four sightings here) and then five hours later was staring at that bird for over an hour. I am about to leave for that same refugio - wouldn't it be great if the Grosbeak were hiding there? Have a good day, everyone, and may special birds bless your day!
I am always at awe at how these little birds travel so far! I'm looking forward to migration soon in Puerto Rico! You also have a blessed special bird day too!
 

DuckNorris

Active member
United States
I started birding just over a month ago, so many of my life birds will be birds I've actually seen before but didn't know what they were.

Today I saw my first positively-identified Mississippi Kite. This was in Memphis, Tennessee USA.
 

Nightjar61

David Daniels
United States
Velvety Manakin. An armchair tick after the IOC and SACC split of Blue-crowned (now Blue-capped) Manakin, having seen both forms in Central America and South America.

Dave
 

B1FF

Member
Austria
I hope "life-bird" is a loose term here, because I saw my first woodcock (Scolopax rusticola, English terms might be misleading, "Waldschnepfe") the day before yesterday. Woodcock is not a rare bird where I live, but I haven't seen one before, so that's my most recent life-bird, right?. (The bird was sunbathing at the riverbank, sort of loafing.)
 

Keith/Portland

Well-known member
United Kingdom
I know that we have birders of all ages and number of years participating in this
pastime we all enjoy.

But, I thought that it would be interesting to see when it was that you observed your last "life" bird. *A "life" bird is one which you now have seen, but have never seen it in the wild before.

What was it? When? and Where?

My last "life" bird was:

Sharp-tailed Grouse seen in Sax-Zim bog area of northern Minnesota, USA, January 30, 2005
It would be interesting to know what percentage of lifers are self-found. Sadly nowadays hardly any, in the UK at least, one imagines.
 

Mysticete

Well-known member
United States
I hope "life-bird" is a loose term here, because I saw my first woodcock (Scolopax rusticola, English terms might be misleading, "Waldschnepfe") the day before yesterday. Woodcock is not a rare bird where I live, but I haven't seen one before, so that's my most recent life-bird, right?. (The bird was sunbathing at the riverbank, sort of loafing.)
Yes that is the definition.
 

Mysticete

Well-known member
United States
It would be interesting to know what percentage of lifers are self-found. Sadly nowadays hardly any, in the UK at least, one imagines.
This would only be true if one is a rabid twitcher who seldom ventures outside there own country (or even county). Certainly the vast majority of my lifers are self found, since I rarely twitch (and even then the bird is more likely to be a county or state bird, not an actual new species for my list).
 

Mysticete

Well-known member
United States
Not exactly a recently seen bird, but the AOS split of Chihuahuan Meadowlark from Eastern Meadowlark gives me a nice armchair tick.
 

Swindon Addick

Registered User
Supporter
Wales
What I love about this thread is the way it mixes new birders seeing common species that they happen not to have seen before with twitchers who've travelled serious distances to see mega-rarities and people who've just been on the holiday of a lifetime and seen hundreds of new species. Plus people like me whose lists could be a lot longer if we put more effort in. All of us have exactly one bird that counts as our most recent lifer.

Anyway, after the disappointment in the winter of my first Snow Goose getting kicked off my list for being an escapee, I finally have a lifer this year - the Squacco Heron at Pagham this afternoon.I think that's number 275 for the UK the way I count it.
 

lammergeier05

Daniele Mitchell
Last new bird, Malaysia: Yellow-crowned Barbet, Bukit Tinggi (along with the requisite Mountain Peacock Pheasant). Just shy of 150 lifers in two weeks with highlight being the famous Rail-Babbler at Panti Reserve.
 

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